Overall Purpose of Small Groups
The language of Ephesians 4:12 makes it clear that the Body of Christ builds itself up as members encourage, exhort and support each other. This can be hard to do in a big church. Our Small Group ministry puts people together to study, share, grow, laugh, cry and love together.
As we “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” as God’s flock (Hebrews 10:24-25), we recognize the power and purpose of our small group ministry. These 5 points help give focus to our small groups.
Fellowship – 1 Peter 3:8
Goal: To provide participants an opportunity to get know one another; to encourage, pray, and hold one another accountable to righteous living.
Leadership – 2 Timothy 2:2
Goal: To provide a setting to give the body opportunity to identify and exercise their spiritual gifts in an environment that will provide loving evaluation, affirmation, and growth.
Outreach – 1 Peter 3:15
Goal: To provide an atmosphere where participants would invite friends to observe the love of Christ and the unity in the group, resulting in occasions to share Christ with them.
Caring – 1 Peter 3:8
Goal: To provide practical ways through activities and service where each participant is looking out for the interests of others more than their own.
Knowledge & Teaching – Ephesians 4:15
Goal: To provide a framework where God’s Word can be used to speak the truth to one another, that growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ might occur.
Times & Locations
BBC Small Groups generally meet, during the school year, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, or during those weeks as fits the members’ schedules.
Coordinating childcare and sharing meals together have traditionally been a part of some small groups. These logistics vary from group to group.
Most of our Small Groups take the summers off, but a few continue to meet. Please email the church office for more information on which small groups might be meeting currently.